Librarianship is an ethical profession and one that thrives on partnerships, collaboration and sharing. We work with government, academia, corporate and civil society organisations as a force for good. This makes libraries a natural partner in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals identified in the UN 2030 Agenda.
Freedom of Access to Information and Resources
We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.
FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and FAIR are pleased to announce that we will be running the Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK) campaign throughout 2019. The campaign will focus on how and why librarianship is one of the most trusted professions in Australia. It will remind users that, in a society driven by fake news and the 24-hour media cycle, they can rely on library and information professionals to hold the integrity to be the bastion of truth and to have obtained the skills to be able share the knowledge that they look after.
The ABC has decided to close sound and reference libraries in Adelaide, Hobart and Perth, to reduce the service in Sydney, and to make 10 specialist librarians redundant, as reported in The Guardian (Tuesday 30 January) “ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff to improve budgets” and The Guardian (Tuesday 6 February) “ABC plans to send entire book collection to Samoa to save money”. This decision has caused deep concern among ABC staff, libraries and cultural institutions.
On Thursday 7 December, 2017, ALIA Board members made the following statement regarding the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Bill.
ALIA NGAC Member Evanthia Samaras recently wrote an article examining the responsiblity of librarians to act as allies and fight discrimination faced by patrons.
As Australia waits on the High Court determination on the legal validity of the same-sex marriage postal plebicite, and tens of thousands of people have attended rallies across the country, ALIA Director Lyndall Ley Osborne has these words of support.
The New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC), fulfilling their role as a bridge between the new generation of library professionals, have started the ball rolling on a very topical and important issue— the Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite.
By now you're in deep planning mode for your Cooking for Copyright morning or afternoon tea to be held on Monday, 31 July.
To help publicise your event, we have two useful resources: